LIB 012: An Interview with Mark Hillary of Reality Check

No matter what it is in life, there will always be nay-sayers looking to bring their situation and those around them down.

This is even more amplified when you make the leap to live in Brazil, there are some people who just are not willing to make things work…

…it usually manifests itself in the form of comparing things back home to those in Brazil and develops from there.

While many of us clearly understand that this is an apples to oranges comparison, this doesn’t come without someone setting things in our community straight from time to time.

And today we have the enforcer himself in our midst: Mark Hillary.

He’s written a fantastic book called Reality Check (that you should buy btw) that hits these complaints head on.  His book is important to read as the things he addresses are common areas of concern that you have or will experience in Brazil.

This interview was a lot of fun to do and you will be amazed at the wisdom he has to throw your way.


In This Session You Will Discover

  1. What Reality Check is
  2. How the Job Market in Brazil is
  3. How come Brazilians are paranoid about security
  4. What keys there are to rebuilding your social life in Brazil

Items Mentioned in This Episode

  1. – Mark’s website
  2. The new video series


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Questions or Feedback: Leave a Comment

If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment below and I’ll see to addressing it on a future episode! Thanks for checking episode 12 out and look forward to plenty of more in the near future.

Cheers – valeu!


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  • I love your podcast Kevin, I was waiting for the next episode. Let me know if you want to interview a friend of mine who’s African-American, married a Afro-Brazilian woman. He currently lives in a favela in Salvador, Bahia. He’s teaching English there.

  • I did not read all of the book, but a majority of it. What I read mostly seemed like a summary of what other expats have posted about Brazil on various blogsites, most notably The book seemed like an attempt to make money off of the fact that Brazil is currently a hot topic internationally because of World Cup, the protests, and the 2016 summer Olympics.

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